Deerhunter & Atlas Sound played Irving Plaza (pics, setlist)
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Bradford with Atlas Sound / Lockett with Deerhunter
Deerhunter tour is currently in the midst of a sold-out three-night NYC run, which wraps up at Warsaw tonight (12/9). Last night, it hit Irving Plaza for a BrooklynVegan-presented show.
I've seen some Deerhunter shows that have been completely overwhelming from the second they took the stage, but this one took a few songs to really get going. Not that they weren't picking good tunes (two of the best Deerhunter songs, "Desire Lines" and "Breaker," were two of their first three songs), it just seemed like they were taking their time getting warmed up. Once they were though, they were on fire. By "Don't Cry," the fifth song of the night, the band were rocking as hard as I've ever seen them and extending the song as Bradford went off on the mic. They did that to an even greater extent on the pre-encore set closer "Nothing Ever Happened." Stretched out to at least ten minutes, it was the best version of that song I've seen them play yet.
The songs off their new album Fading Frontier sounded great too. It wasn't until seeing it live that I realized how great the bassline to "Living My Life" is. The Beach House-esque "Take Care" is one of the more intimate songs on the record, but it sounded huge last night. "All The Same" hit those same rocking heights "Don't Cry" hit just a few songs earlier.
Bradford Cox opened the night solo with his Atlas Sound project. And drummer Moses Archuleta headed to Elvis Guesthouse afterwards to DJ the afterparty under his Moon Diagrams moniker. Anyone catch that? Moses does it again at Good Room after tonight's show.
More pictures and the setlist from Irving Plaza below...
Living My Life
Rainwater Cassette Exchange
All The Same
Nothing Ever Happened
Cover Me (Slowly)